Posts Tagged ‘Al Marsh’
Where are the Air Force candidates now?
The U.S. Air Force pilot candidates featured in the October 2008 AOPA Pilot article “Solo!” have completed initial flight screening and moved on to higher-level training. Here’s where they are now.
Lt. Andrew Maston is completing multiengine training in a Hawker Beechcraft King Air with the U.S. Navy at Corpus Christi, Texas. He heads to Little Rock, Arkansas, for Lockheed C-130 training in February 2009.
Lt. Kelly Wolters went to Laughlin AFB and trained in a T–6A Texan II and a T–1A business jet. She graduates January 23 and takes Survive, Evade, Resist, Escape training prior to heading to Altus AFB, Oklahoma, to train in the giant C–17 transport aircraft. After training she will fly the C-17 out of McGuire AFB, New Jersey.
Lt. Josiah Smith and Lt. Tandon Mardis went to Columbus AFB, Mississippi, to fly the T–6 Texan II and will next fly a trainer based on a Hawker Beechcraft business jet, as will Lt. Ben Gleckler.
Lt. David Foster went to Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma, to train in the single-engine Hawker Beechcraft T–6A Texan II. His training was interrupted to correct a sinus problem and will resume soon.
Nope, Mark Holtzman of West Coast Aerial Photography of Sherman Oaks, California, wasn’t right above the Rose Bowl stadium when the B-2 bomber flew over. It just looks that way. Holtzman was aboard his Cessna Turbo 210 just for the opening ceremony of the Rose Bowl game. You can tell he was safely offset from the stadium (he was talking to controllers) by the fact that the bomber appears to be off-center. Have no fear, the Air Force is never that far off target. Great shot!
His true passion is panorama photography, but it was difficult to fit in this space. Look for more photos of Telluride in my story “America’s Airports: Telluride, Colorado” in the February issue of AOPA Pilot magazine.
That simulation is good preparation for the next step up in simulation, a multi- multi-million-dollar full-motion flight simulator for the Cessna Mustang at FlightSafety International’s Cessna Learning Center at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. You can walk to it from the main airport terminal. For $400 you can get an hour in this entry level business jet (Cessna NEVER calls it a very light jet). Yes, you have to fly to Wichita if you’re not already there, but I have been in that simulator, and it is worth more than $400 to fly it for an hour. You’ll be surprised to see how easy it is, although I hope you swerve less on the takeoff run than I did.